As the Grammys concluded their 63rd annual celebration, the night was full of firsts for the award ceremony. Along with the awards being staged in both a digital and live setting, Megan Thee Stallion won her first Grammys including Best New Artist, The Strokes won their first for their album “The New Abnormal”, and Kali Uchis won her first award for her Kaytranada collaboration “10%” in the Best Dance Recording category.
The Colombian-American singer linked up with the Montreal based Kaytranada back in December 2019 for the release of “10%”, an infectious club track featuring Uchis’ crooning melodies soaring above walking basslines. The single arrived as the first release off Kaytranada’s 2020 album “BUBBA” which also won him a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic album on Sunday, beating out massive releases from this year including those from Arca, Madeon, and Baauer. This award was also monumental in being awarded to the very first black recipient for this Grammy category. Meanwhile, Uchis scored a Favorite Pop Album nomination in the upcoming Latin American Music Awards next month for her album “Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞ ”. As her second full length album, it saw collaborations from the likes of PARTYNEXTDOOR, Rico Nasty, and Jhay Cortez. Her single “telepatía” from the record has since exploded in popularity online in both Global and Latin charts from her streaming numbers.
Kali Uchis first debuted onto the pop landscape back in 2015 with her self released project “Por Vida”, but not until her 2018 debut album “Isolation” did she truly start to explode. Thanks to a couple of massive Tyler, The Creator collaborations with both “After The Storm” and “See You Again” off of Tyler’s “Flower Boy” album, Uchis has become a household name among other collaborators fusing Latin sounds with her powerful pop vocal performances. Her and Kaytranada both got to share their first Grammy awards on Sunday and continue to prove their status as new names to be taken seriously in their respective genres.